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Spanish chef finds world’s largest mushroom at 68 kilos


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A Spanish chef allegedly found the world’s largest mushroom, believed to weigh 152 pounds, triggering a Guinness World Records investigation.

The 68.8 kilogram (152 pound) specimen of Meripilus giganteus was found in the town of Santa Lucia de Gordon, in the province of Leon, in the north-central Spanish region of Castilla y Leon.

According to local media, Chief Sergio Martinez Valledor spotted the huge mushroom while walking through a nearby forest.

Reports indicated that Martinez Valledor decided to pluck the large mushroom several days later, but needed several friends to help him.

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Martinez Valledor told local media: “I found him by accident, I wasn’t looking for him. He was stuck to a beech.”

The chef and his friends cut the mushroom in half and dragged it to their vehicle.

Martinez Valledor added: “It broke in half, the lightest part weighed 22 kilograms (48.5 pounds) and the other section weighed well over 40 kilograms (88.2 pounds) which was very difficult to hang around.

“We managed to get it back in the car, but we were afraid of breaking it.”

According to local media, the Meripilus giganteus breaks the previous record of 23 kilograms (50.7 pounds) and the Guinness World Records would look into the find.

The chef said the mushroom cannot be cooked because it is too big, but he plans to extract its scent. He is also ready to let any interested scientist study the specimen.

The mushroom is currently on display at the Aurea restaurant in the Plaza del Grano in the city of Leon.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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